Language and Experience in 17th-Century British Philosophy

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The focus of this volume is the crisis of the traditional view of the relationship between words and things and the emergence of linguistic arbitrarism in 17th-century British philosophy. Different groups of sources are explored: philological and antiquarian writings, pedagogical treatises, debates on the respective merits of the liberal and mechanical arts, essays on cryptography and the art of gestures, polemical pamphlets on university reform, universal language scheme, and philosophical analyses of the conduct of the understanding. In the late 17th-century the philosophy of mind discards both the correspondence of predicamental series to reality and the archetypal metaphysics underpinning it. This is a turning point in semantic theory: language is conceived as the social construction of historical-conventional objects through signs and the study of strategies we use to bridge the gap between the privacy of experience and the publicness of speech emerges as one of the main topics in the philosophy of language.
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 48]  1988.  viii, 169 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
vii
0. Introduction
Francis Bacon and the Renaissance Linguistic Tradition
1
1.0 Language and the languages
15
1.1 The language of nature
15
1.2 The filiation of languages
24
1.3 The foundations of grammar: language and reason's ‘strict copulation’
39
2.0 The reconstruction of linguistic unity
51
2.1 Communication and the reform of learning
51
2.2 Artificial vs. natural language
61
2.3 Towards a ‘Lexicon exemplare’
67
3.0 Semiotics and the theory of knowledge
91
3.1 Semantics vs. metaphysics
91
3.2 Semiotic logic and the theory of meaning
112
3.3 Language and the ‘way of ideas’
121
Concluding remarks
133
Bibliography
137
A. Primary sources
137
B. Secondary sources
152
Index of names
171
Index of subjects
177
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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